Artist Statement

My work centers the experiences of Black women. I create narratives using symbolism that is primarily based on historical references, societal standards, and cultural norms. My goal is to depict the duality between the appreciation of black culture paired with the harmful impact of white supremacy. The presence of these racist minstrel characters serves to act as eerie existences who shadows and merely blend in with the subjects in my work. Like these minstrel characters, the ism’s like racism, and colorism tend to follow us throughout every aspect of our lives. The intention of my work is to challenge Western beauty standards that have historically excluded Black beauty. I paint the skin blue to express beauty and reveal the eyes to express identity. Painting Black female figures blue emphasizes the importance of these Black women, while also creating a narrative through visual representations that brings interest and excitement. It’s important that I communicate a sense of humanity and storytelling through my artwork.